JIRCAS, through international collaborative research, one of the schemes of its main activities, aims to provide scientific solutions to the various problems confronting the countries in the developing regions of the world, particularly in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries. In line with this scheme, JIRCAS launched the JIRCAS Visiting Research Fellowship Program in 1992. Since then, every year, JIRCAS invites highly promising researchers from research institutes in developing countries to conduct research under the supervision of JIRCAS researchers.
This fellowship program has two types: (1) Tsukuba-Okinawa and (2) Project Site. Under the former type, invited researchers carry out their research either at JIRCAS Headquarters in Tsukuba or at the Tropical Agriculture Research Front in Okinawa, while those under the latter type do their research at research institutes in developing countries where JIRCAS is currently implementing collaborative research projects.
JIRCAS executes its various research projects and programs, including the abovementioned fellowship program, according to approved 5-year medium-term plans. Since this fiscal year (FY2015) will be the final year for the current Medium-Term Plan, all research projects will be terminated. Under this circumstance, JIRCAS decided not to offer this fellowship program (both types) this fiscal year, but will resume it under the new Medium-Term Plan which will start from FY2016.
Pertinent information about this fellowship will be posted in due course.